Thanks for resonding, even though there was a better list! I've got some
fantastic replies, and was overwhelmed with the answers!
I'll definately give Zope a try.
From: Peter Sabaini [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 10:32 AM
To: Aaron Paxson
Cc: '[EMAIL PROTECTED]'
Subject: Re: [Zope-dev] Newbie Question
Aaron Paxson wrote:
> I hope I'm posting to the right mailing list. There were so many to
This should've probably been directed to the main Zope list; zope-dev is
for development *of* Zope.
> I've just been introduced to Zope, and am curious on how it will fit into
> company's plans.
> I'm currently learning Java, and was starting to learn the RedHat Web
> Application Framework. I've found Zope in an article on the web, and
> started to look into it. It looks to be just as scalable, but I'm curious
> on how extensible it is, as well as, it's power in a corporate
> For example, how extensible is it, to modify the security module and have
> authenticate against LDAP? (I don't want all my users to remember yet
> another password) Also, how powerful is Python as compared to Java? Since
> it uses a native compiler, it stands to reason that it would be faster
> Java, but what of it's objects and packages? (i.e. Does it have an image
> manipulation package, or networking packages?)
There are Add-ons that do User authentification against LDAP servers,
and its also not very hard to roll your own.
Zope is, generally speaking, *very* extensible -- see for example the
long list of 3rd pary add-on products at http://www.zope.org/Products
I think Python is one of the greatest strengths of Zope. Its not only a
modern full-fledged OOP language, comes with great libraries (see
http://python.org/doc/current/modindex.html, and has even more to
download separately) but is simply a joy to program in. Bruce Eckel put
it very nicely IMHO: http://mindview.net/FAQ/FAQ-012 )
There are good networking modules in the standard Python distribution;
image manipulation can be done with eg. PIL
(http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/) or PythonMagick
> I must say, seeing the documentation and books alone, tells me the product
> is good, and something I can learn. I see alot of "Hope for Zope" <grin,
> couldn't resist>, but I don't want to get into it, just to see if it
> fit into my plans.
> For those who want a couple of examples, I have 3 projects for our
> intranet/extranet/internet applications:
> 1). Images and cataloging (where, our development team can upload their
> images, and the intranet application will take that image and export it to
> JPG to update the web catalog, and move the original file to our FTP site
> for our photographers.
> 2). Document Management (Uploading of files, and inputting data to index
> those files for searching)
> 3). Obviously the usual (Content Management and Portals) which I'm sure
> Zope does a good job at.
Those are certainly suited for Zope....
> Thanks in advance!! Again, my apologies if there is a better list for
> Aaron Paxson
> Network Operations Manager
> Decorative Concepts, Inc
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